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Backcountry skiing/boarding Instruction
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Backcountry Skiing/Boarding Instruction

Female Backcountry Skier

Learn the skills needed for backcountry skiing/boarding

Prerequisites: Intermediate (or better) downhill skiing/snowboarding skills.

This one-day course is for the in-bounds skier or rider who wants to try skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry in a safe and educational environment. Your AMGA-trained ski guide will take a maximum of 4 participants on a half-day backcountry tour in Rocky Mountain National Park, and will demonstrate the fundamental skills of safe backcountry travel including selecting appropriate clothing and equipment, using the avalanche forecast and tour planning, basic avalanche safety skills and rescue procedures, proper use of AT and telemark skis, split-boards and climbing skins, uphill and downhill route finding and travel techniques and group management.

Although this course will expose participants to the fundamental skills for safe backcountry skiing and riding, including the basic avalanche awareness and rescue, we suggest that participants also consider enrolling in an AIARE Level 1 avalanche safety course.

8am-10am: Meet in Estes Park, introductions, discussion of participants' and group's objectives, gear check and review proper use of equipment, introduction to avalanche safety awareness and rescue procedures, review avalanche forecast and tour plan
10-11am: Carpool to trailhead in RMNP, get ready for tour
11am-1pm: Avalanche beacon tutorial, rescue techniques and practice, lunch break
1-5pm: Backcountry tour, including field observations, avalanche terrain and hazard recognition; uphill travel techniques (track setting, kick and step turns, pacing); downhill travel techniques (route selection, turning in varying snow conditions); time and pace management (pacing, breaks, eating and drinking); group management
5-6pm: Return to Estes Park, optional tour debriefing and discussion of further learning opportunities

Recommended Gear List
AT or telemark skis and poles or split-board, climbing skins, backpack, etc. (participants will be provided with a complete list of essential clothing and equipment prior to the tour)

We all love to play in the great outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape. Just like any day outdoors, sometimes things can go wrong. An unexpected medical condition, a skiing accident, getting lost in a snowstorm - any of these scenarios can happen and you need to be prepared for these winter emergencies. This winter survival course focuses on evaluating, brainstorming, and problem solving several likely winter recreational scenarios. Learn to create snow caves and other shelters to survive winter storms. Create emergency survival plans to prevent getting lost and maximize being found by rescue crews. This class is a must for any winter backcountry user.

Backcountry Skiing/Boarding Instruction $160.00/person
Includes rental of avalanche beacon, probe, shovel

4:1 student to instructor ratio
Minimum of 2 students need to run this lesson

Dates for Rocky Mountain National Park: (Sign up online, click on the class date of your choice.)
One day on snow training in Rocky Mountain National Park for your field training. The on snow occurs outside and in any weather conditions so come prepared for anything that Mother Nature might have in store for us.

We currently do not have any trips scheduled or we have an error in our data which we need to know about. Please give us a call if dates do not show up here.

Get 4 or more people together and we will run this on other dates.

Our goal is to provide our guests with ideal backcountry experiences. A custom tour allows you to experience the backcountry at your own pace and on your own schedule and with your favorite ski partner, family, or friends. Let us help you create a trip of a lifetime! Contact us!

Minimum Age
There is not a minimum age for this trip, but all participants must be prepared to hike the snow slopes and spend the day out in the mountains.

The best tree skiing Meeting Place and Time
This class will meet at Kind Coffee, 470 East Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park, CO just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park at 8am. Please see our directions and driving times in the upper right hand corner of this page for the meeting location for the classroom portion of this class. You can enter a starting location and our website will load a Google Printable Map for you and estimate your drive time.

Cancellations/Refund Policy
Cancellations 5 days or more before your class dates are refundable less a 10% reservation fee. You can reschedule your class (subject to availability) without any penalties if you notify Renaissance Adventure Guides 5 days prior to your class date. With-in 5 days of your class date, your funds are committed and are non-refundable.

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